VOYAGER Ø
A Few Squares from
A KNIGHT'S TOUR
The 18th Century mathematician Leonhard Euler made a square where each
horizontal or vertical row totals 260, stopping halfway on each gives 130.
Even more intriguing is that a chess knight, starting its Lshaped moves from
box 1, can hit all 64 boxes in numerical order.
–DAVID BERGAMINI
Mathematics (1980)
Closets, attics, and basements are our time capsules.
In my final days, I have been excavating mine
while reflecting upon a lifetime of accumulations from Target, WallyWorld, and Beyond.
Among the rubble, I have discovered eighteen boxes, each approximately 8 x 8 x 4 inches, constructed of plexiglass.
Contained within each box are objects somehow related to NASA's Voyager II mission to explore the planets.
Each box contains a chess knight unique in material and design, some polyhedral dice, and various trinkets common to the debris dispersed randomly throughout a typical thrift shop.
Each is backed by an acrylic painting depicting a planetary surface based on a Voyager II photo.
A large scrapbook of related notes and clippings labeled PLANETARIUM was discovered in a hallway closet.
These notes indicate that I constructed the first voyager square during the winter solstice of 1985 as Voyager II approached its Uranian flyby.
Included in the scrapbook are quotes and references for a proposed master's thesis in metamathematics.
However, no copy of any completed thesis has as yet been located.
Selected notes from this scrapbook are collected on the following pages.
